Monday, January 21 is Martin Luther King Day. The Library is OPEN 10-9.
"We must use time creatively." -Martin Luther King, Jr.
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Programs for Adults
Business Law for Small Business Owners 
Thursday, January 3 at 7pm 
Learn about some of the most common legal issues you are likely to face as a small business owner. Find out how to protect your business and how to know when it's time to seek the services of a legal professional. This free program is presented by the Service Corps of Retired Executives (S.C.O.R.E.)
Book Discussion  
Monday, January 7 at 1:30pm 
Librarian Mary-Jean Gurzenda leads the discussion of Willa Cather's My Antonia.  Check out a copy of the book and drop by for the discussion. Light refreshments will be served.

Computer Basics Hands-On Workshop
Tuesday, January 8, 2:30-4pm 
This free workshop will provide you with an overview of the computer. You will learn how to access programs in the computer and spend some time practicing mouse skills. Advance registration is required for this workshop as space is limited. Sign up online or by calling 973-736-0196.

Creative Connection  

Wednesday, January 9 at 7:15-8:45pm

Join us for a gathering to discuss blocks to creativity, ideas for preparing for projects, tips for competing in the marketplace, and more. You can also receive constructive feedback on your work. Artists, writers, and anyone who enjoys the creative process is welcome. The Creative Connection is presented in partnership with the WO Arts Council.

West Orange Writers' Group
Thursday, January 10 at 7-8:30pm
If you are an aspiring writer interested in meeting other writers for gentle critiquing of each other's work, mark your calendar for our monthly Writers' Group meeting. The meetings are an open, informal forum for anyone interested in any kind of writing - fiction, nonfiction, children's poetry, etc.  Make sure to bring a sample of your work.

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Meet Artist Namrtha Shah
Thursday, January 10 at 7-8:45pm
The captivating photography of Namrtha Shah is on display in the Library this month. Stop by to meet the artist and hear her discuss her work. Light refreshments will be served. Sponsored by the WO Arts Council.

Managing the Emotional Consequences of Disaster
Saturday, January 19 at 11am
Many people had trouble dealing with the traumatic emotional aftermath of Superstorm Sandy. Beth Tunis of the Mental Health Association of NJ will discuss methods for coping with stress in the aftermath of disasters. 
This free program is presented in partnership with FEMA.  
Sensational Senior Socials

Fridays in January at 2pm   

Friday afternoon programming is especially for senior citizens! Drop by and spend the afternoon with us. Here's what we've planned for this month: 


                    January 4  - Film and Dessert

January 11 - Snacks with LaChell (Shop Rite's Dietician)

January 18 - Film and Dessert 

January 25 - Wii Sports    


Thank you, Library Volunteers!  

Library volunteers:  Back row: Patricia Landers, Eric Greenbaum, Pat Allen, Diane Vetter, Patricia Scola, Joe Fagan, Lili Keleshian. Front row: Brenna Singman, Aliya Jaber, Hira Khan, Patrick Mwalo.

If you are age 16 or over and you'd like to help out by volunteering at the Library, stop by the front desk to fill out an application.


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Snack Attack
Grades 6-12 
Wednesday, January 2 at 7pm
Enjoy creating and sampling healthy snacks in this free program with ShopRite's dietician! Sign up online

Read 'N Chat Book Group
Grades 6-8
Wednesday, January 9 at 7:30pm
This month, the group will meet in the Literacy Room.                   

Teen Game Night
Grades 6-12
Wednesday, January 16
Play games on the Library's big screen Wii or have fun with the Library's board games. You can even bring your Nintendo DS or PSP!

College Planning Workshop
Thursday, January 17 at 7pm
The importance of choosing the right college cannot be overstated.  Get information on how to select the right school, how to increase your chances for acceptance, and how the financial aid system works at this free workshop. Sign up online.

Anime Club 
Grades 6-12
Wednesday, January 23 at 7pm 
Enjoy crafts, games and movies with other teens who share your passion for anime.  
Children's Programs
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Peacock Surprise!
Wednesday, January 30 at 6:30pm 
A free family program for all ages. We'll explore India through stories, music, dancing and craft. This program is funded by a donation from the Estelle Citrin Family Fund. Advance registration is required. Sign up online.  

Thursdays at 4pm
Senior citizen volunteers read with children.

Twilight Storytime
Infants to age 3 1/2
Mondays at 6:30pm beginning January 7
(Program lasts 20 minutes) 

Babies & Books
Infants to age 24 months
Fridays at 10:30 beginning January 11 

Terrific Toddlers
Age 2 - 3 1/2
Tuesdays at 10:30 or Fridays at 11:30 beginning January 8

Preschool Page Turners
Ages 3 1/2 - 5
Tuesdays at 11:30 beginning January 8 

Eager Readers Storytime
Grades 2-3
Mondays at 4:30-5pm beginning January 7 

Speaking of Stories Book Discussion Group
Grades 4 & 5
Tuesday, January 8 at 4:30pm

Downtime with Disney
Saturday, January 19 at 2pm
Drop in for a free screening of a family favorite. For all ages.

Yakety-Yak Book Discussion Group 
Grades 2 & 3 
Tuesday, January 15 at 4:30pm 
 using case studies, success stories, testimonials or examples of how others used your product or service successfully. Solicit material from clien and vendors, or ask your readers to write. It's a win-win! You get relevant content, and they get exposure.
Before the year is over, please consider making a tax-deductible contribution to the Library. It's a great way to make an impact on your community! Financial contributions are used to support Library programs and services. Click here for a donation form.  
About Us

West Orange Public Library                   Hours: M, W, Th 10-9
46 Mt. Pleasant Ave.                                        Tu, Fri 10-5:30
West Orange, NJ 07052                                    Sat 9-5
973-736-0198                                                    Sun 1-5*
*Closed Sundays from the last Sunday in May through the Sunday after Labor Day.